When the words candied and bacon occur together in one sentence the outcome can only be one of sheer bliss. This Candied Maple Bacon is scrumptious served for breakfast, brunch, on burgers and salads.
Candied Maple Bacon
Bacon Nation is passionate about their love of bacon. Their motto is "Everything is better with bacon." I completely concur. There are only three ingredients standing between you and Candied Maple Bacon boasting some serious candied bacon love. One bite and you'll be hooked. The keys to success with this recipe is to use pure and only pure maple syrup. The quality of the maple syrup affects the taste and color of the bacon giving it a deep amber color. Maple syrup is generally sold in 3 grades light, medium or dark amber. I used medium amber pure maple syrup for this recipe. Read the label so that you'll know what you're working with and adjust, if needed.
The Key to Candied Maple Bacon Success
- Use this candied bacon as a special topping on salads, mixed into desserts, to top sandwiches or as a side with eggs and pancakes for breakfast or brunch.
- You may also like to try my recipe for Bacon Jam.
- For a fun dessert, you may like to try these Maple Bacon Cupcakes from Will Cook for Smiles.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Candied Maple Bacon
- 1 lb center cut bacon
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup [recommend medium amber]
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. To assist with clean-up cover the bottom of a baking sheet with aluminum foil and fit a baking rack into the baking pan.
- Spritz the rack liberally with cooking spray.
- Brush each bacon strip with maple syrup then sprinkle with brown sugar.
- Place on the rack without touching and repeat brushing with maple syrup and covering with brown sugar on the opposite side.
- Bake for 15 minutes then turn and continue to bake for an additional 10-15 minutes [depending on the thickness of the bacon, watch carefully] or until crisp.
- Remove immediately from the baking rack onto parchment paper and lay flat to cool.
- Do not stack.